TEMPE, Ariz. – Colorado found some offense in the desert, but not nearly enough to break its losing streak.
Arizona State bounced back in the second half to beat the Buffaloes 35-13 at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night.
The Buffs (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) have lost three in a row and dropped their conference opener for the first time since 2017. ASU (3–1, 1–0) bounced back from their first loss, led by quarterback Jaden Daniels, who was responsible for 311 yards in total offense and two rushing touchdowns.
Closed a week ago for the first time in five years, CU’s struggling offense finally found some success, at least relative to the previous two weeks.
Alex Fontenot ran for 65 yards and a touchdown, and the Buffs received 183 rushing yards overall. That helped them avoid a third straight game with less than 10 points – no CU team has done so since 1963 – but there wasn’t enough firepower to threaten the Sun Devils in the second half.
Freshman quarterback Brendan Lewis completed just 7 of 17 passes for 67 yards, his third game in a row with less than 100 yards.
CU’s offense got off to a slow start, while ASU jumped on a 7-yard touchdown run from Daniels midway through the first quarter to lead 7-0.
ASU added an 11-yard touchdown run for a 9:28 14-0 lead over Rachad White to go into the second quarter.
Despite the 14-0 deficit, CU offense showed some signs of life in the second quarter.
Down 7–0, the Buffs moved to the ASU 28-yard line at the start of second, but Cole Baker’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Then, down 14-0, the Buffs made their best drive in no time, going for 58 yards in 10 plays to set up Baker for another field goal attempt. After a 0-for-3 start to his career, Baker hit this one from 51 yards, putting the Buffs on the board with 13 seconds to play in the half.
Baker’s field goal broke an un-scoring streak of 137 minutes, 11 seconds for the Buffs, who came back in the first quarter of their September 11 matchup against Texas A&M.
It didn’t take long for the Buffs to score again as they took a second-half kickoff and went on to an even more impressive drive.
Big runs from Jarek Broussard and Fontenot and a 26-yard pass from Lewis to Ty Robinson set up Fontenot for a 1-yard touchdown run. It reduced the deficit to 14-10 with 11:01 to play in the third quarter.
However, this was as close as buffs would get.
ASU quickly responded to the CU touchdown. The six-play, 71-yard march was capped by a 17-yard TD from receiver Elijah Badger.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils dug into the playbook for another score, as receiver Ricky Pearsall caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and threw a forward pass to White for a 30-yard touchdown and a 28-10 lead. Gave.
Daniels added a 15-yard touchdown run in the middle of the fourth quarter to make it 35-10.
Baker hit a 33-yard field goal with 3:56 to play for the final point.